A score of 34-17 is never good to lose by, but it was horrible for the New York Jets today. Brett Favre went a weak 23-for-43 with one pick, and no touchdowns, a game removed from beating the formerly undefeated Titans 34-13.
I'm not saying that the Jets are pretenders, definitely not, sitting atop the AFC East at 8-4 and the current No. 3 seed. All I'm saying is that letting Peyton Hillis, the undrafted rookie FB from Arkansas, rush for 129 yards and a score isn't exactly impressive.
The Jets will still be playoff bound, in my opinion, drawing the 4-8 Niners next week, followed by the unimpressive 6-6 Bills, and then another easy win as the Jets travel to Seattle to play the 2-10 Seahawks. They close out the season against the Dolphins, a winnable game, but not automatic.
The Jets were looking very strong having won five in a row, their last two being the most impressive. Favre led the Jets to a 34-31 thriller over division rival Pats, and then over the Titans, now 11-1.
As I said, I still think the men in green will make the playoffs, and I don't think they're pretenders. I just think that the Jets exposed themselves, and their pretender side.
So, while on this topic, let's take a look at the other bubble teams:
Saints (6-6, I hesitated before putting them here)
TEAMS I WOULDN'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS ON